A small grass fire in a vacant lot was likely arson, say local fire officials.
Sooke Fire Department was called out just after 5 a.m. Monday when passersby saw a small fire in a vacant lot off Townsend Road.
The group stomped out the fire with their feet.
The lot has tall grass and large trees and backs onto Evergreen Shopping Centre.
Fire Chief Steven Sorensen said the group “likely saved the day,” by putting out the fire and directing firefighters to the blaze that was a few feet in size.
Police are investigating the arson complaint.